Only an extraordinary pension return of Y27.7bn (€268m) dragged Japanese food, ingredients and pharma player Ajinomoto into the black for the March-September period as ordinary income slid 11% to Y39.2bn (€379m).
Research on natural food preservatives is lagging behind market demand for replacements for synthetic ones that have fallen out of favour with consumers, warns an expert, and a coordinated effort is needed to bridge the gap.
Industry needs to step up efforts to counter stigma associated with
frozen food compared with chilled or 'fresh' produce, says
Leatherhead. Although consumers are hearing the message, they are
not yet buying into it.